Cole Porter's You Never Know

by  Cole Porter, Rowland Leigh, Paul Lazarus, Siegfried Geyer, Karl Farkas, Robert Katscher, Cole Porter

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

A romantic musical comedy filled with Cole Porter classics.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Pasadena Playhouse FRED Award for Best Production
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This romantic musical comedy is set in Paris in 1929 and filled with delightful, witty Cole Porter songs, including:

From Alpha to Omega
Let’s Misbehave
Riding High
At Long Last Love
I Happen to Be in Love
You Never Know

The story takes place one summer evening in Baron Rommer’s elegant penthouse suite at the Hotel Ritz. The baron and his butler switch identities so that the butler can pursue a woman he believes is a lady of a much higher class. It transpires that she is actually a maid in the service of Madame Baltin, a high society figure who has captured the baron’s heart. Her jealous husband and a Josephine Baker-like actress headlining at the Folies Bergère round out the cast of this door-slamming farce with wonderful songs and dancing.

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Reviews

 


"This is a 1930's movie for the stage: giddy, tender, fun [...] It is classy, intimate, happy with terrific music" - The Los Angeles Times

"Light and fluffy as a good souffle [...] A lovely little ensemble piece." - Variety

Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The sumptuous penthouse suite of Barron Romer.

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Overture
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By Candlelight
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Let's Not Talk About Love
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I'm Going In For Love
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I'm Back in Circulation
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From Alpha to Omega
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What Shall I Do?
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Let's Misbehave
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I Happen to Be in Love
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You Never Know
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What is That Tune?
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At Long Last Love
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Ridin' High
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By Candlelight (Reprise)
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Casting

3m, 3f

Gaston Baron Rommer's Butler: wants to experience the life of the upper crust
Baron Rommer a rich, sophisticated playboy who has grown weary of the game
Maria Mme. Baltin's maid, pert and saucy. Capable of impersonating a woman of society 
Madame Baltin an elegant lady of high society, unhappily married to Herr Baltin
Herr Baltin Mme. Baltin's rich husband: pompous and extremely jealous
Ida Baron Rommer's current "amour." Famous for exotic dancing, not very bright.

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Piano/Conductor’s Score
Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone)
Acoustic Bass
Drums/Percussion
Violin
Trumpet
Trombone
5 Chorus Books

OR

2 Piano/Conductor's Scores
5 Chorus Books

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Authors

Cole Porter

Cole Porter

Rowland Leigh

Rowland Leigh

Paul Lazarus

Paul Lazarus, has an over 30-year award-winning career directing, producing and writing theater, television and film. He recently completed a feature documentary called “SlingShot” about Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s water crisis. Lazarus has directed over ninety plays and musicals (m ...

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Siegfried Geyer

Siegfried Geyer

Karl Farkas

Karl Farkas

Robert Katscher

Robert Katscher

Cole Porter

Cole Porter

Dorset Theater Festival, VT 1982, 1983

American Stage Festival, NH 1983

Huntington Theater in Boston, MA  1984

Goodspeed Opera House, CT 1985

Pasadena Playhouse, CA 1991

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